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Antique Business News #22 May 2005
Antique Business News #22 May 2005
Online marketing tips for Antique Merchants,
Auctioneers and Antique Show Promoters.

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--In This Issue of ABN--
1. A New News Service for the Antiques and Collectibles trade
2. PriceMiner.com offers a new tool for finding values
3. Trends in on-line "fixed price" sales of antiques
4. Resources
5. Questions? Comments? Ideas?

1. A New News Service for the Antiques and Collectibles trade
News-Antique.com ( http://www.news-antique.com) today became
the first news service online specifically designed to serve
the antiques and collectibles trade and related organizations
and services. The site will allow businesses, show promoters,
auctioneers, appraisers, publishers, clubs, trade groups,
authors and others to publish news stories related to antiques
and collectibles. The new system is free of charge and
includes premium features such as RSS (Really Simple
Syndication), feeds to other Web sites, search engine
optimization for each story submitted and a weekly synopsis
of featured stories emailed directly to journalists and other
subscribers once a week. The site also includes a tracking
system that allows authors to see how may times each story
they publish is viewed

The new site will help businesses and other organization
involved with antiques and collectibles, get their message
out to online readers and the media. Journalists covering the
trade are encouraged to sign up for the free weekly email
summary of submitted stories. As new Featured stories are
published they appear "live" on the home page for quick
review without having to navigate into the site.

"Our hope is that the new site can help businesses and
organizations in the trade, get the word out to the media
and the public about what they are doing." said Phillip
Davies the editor of the new site "Up until now, it was
quite difficult in this business to get information out
to the public efficiently. This new site is designed to
change that."

To get your news published, or read the latest antiques &
collectibles trade news, visit http://www.news-antique.com
Registration is free and the system is fast and very easy
to use.

2. PriceMiner.com offers a new tool for finding values
Antique buyers, sellers and appraisers now have an online
tool to help them accurately price and value items based
on consolidated historical data and current asking price.

Called PriceMiner™, ( http://tinyurl.com/c6oqc ) the
Internet tool from GoAntiques.com™ is a powerful aggregator
of pricing information from a variety of internationally
recognized sources. By simply keying in attributes of the
item you wish to buy, sell or value, PriceMiner performs a
search through millions of prices and presents historical
pricing information for the same or similar items. In
addition, the service analyzes the data for you so you
don’t have to sort through massive amounts of numbers.

“PriceMiner is the first product to combine historical
data from multiple external sources with GoAntiques.com’s
vast archive of merchandise sales information, perform
analysis and then present findings on price averages and
ranges,” said Jim Kamnikar, GoAntiques.com president and
chief executive officer. “Antiques professionals as well
as consumers will find PriceMiner to be an unparalleled
pricing knowledge tool for accurately assessing the value
of antique and collectible merchandise to buy or sell.”

In addition to GoAntiques.com’s historical price
information, PriceMiner includes listing results from
the vast eBay® historical database and online storefront
sales provided by TIAS.com.

Search and sort criteria include price range, category,
sale date, data source and currency, with the later
being conveniently converted to dollars.

subscriptions start at $9.95 a month or can be structured
at $99 annually, both for unlimited use. In addition, an
affiliate referral program is available that includes
providing PriceMiner directly from e-commerce Web sites.

PriceMiner will be demonstrated at the eBay Live!
conference and trade show, June 23-25 at the McEnery
Conference Center in San Jose, Calif., in the GoAntiques.com
booth #532, next to eBay Collectibles.

3. Trends in on-line "fixed price" sales of antiques and
collectibles More and more merchants in the online antiques
and collectibles trade are opening multiple stores online.
Many merchants who at one time depended on one online
"store" for all of their sales, now have multiple sites on
different online antique malls as well as opening their
own online shop under their own "brand" as well. Antiques
and Collectibles merchants who were at one time competely
dependant on eBay sales have now branched out into other
venues as well.

The reason is that different customers visit different Web
sites. So the more locations you can offer your merchandise
in, the better the chance is that a buying customer is going
to find your inventory.

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